An example of filch is to take a pen from someone's desk when they're not looking.
Hey! Someone filched my noggin.
Origin of filch
- Middle English filchen
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English filchen (“to steal, pilfer”), of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Old English fylcian (“to marshal troops”), Old English ġefylce (“band of men, army, host”). Related to folk.